Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Signed Loetz Art Glass Compote

The Loetz Glassworks was established in Klostermule, Austria in 1840. The firm continued to produce fine artwork, until WWII.

This is an exceptional all original piece of signed 'Austria Loetz' done in a large compote design. This piece stands an impressive 9" high and has a diameter of 7" across the top. The bottom pedestal measures 4 1/2" in diameter across the bottom. Notice the double ring on this compote where the stem meets the bowl on this compote. The bowl portion has a fluted scalloped edge, and interior has an iridized finish, while the exterior has a golden mottled appearance.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Amberina Floral Enameled Vase

Amberina, one of the earliest types of art glass, was developed in 1883 by Joseph Locke of the New England Glass Company. The trademark was registered by W.L. Libbey, who often signed his name in script within the pontil. 

The glass is made by adding gold powder to the batch, which produced glass in the basic amber hue. Part of the item, usually the top, was simply reheated to develop the characteristic deep red or fuchsia shading.

View more pictures of this particular Amberina vase here

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Drink Pepsi-Cola Cooler in Original Condition

This all original metal cooler advertises, 'Drink Pepsi-Cola'. The blue and red bottle cap Pepsi logo is done in a raised emblem on either side of this cooler. 
The cooler was made by the company, 'Cronstroms Manufacturing Inc. - Minneapolis, Minnesota'. 

It measures 12 1/2" high and is 19" x 10". When the handle is up this cooler does stand 16 1/4" high.

Note the rubber seal on the interior of this cooler to secure the contents and keep everything nice and cool.

To view more pictures of this cooler see it online at

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

A Unique Personalized Iron Safe

This safe measures 23" height, 14" depth and 14 1/2" wide.

This safe is all original with black paint decorated with gold pin stripes. On the front door it reads: G Sommers & Co. St.Paul, Minnesota. Above the door it shows the original owners name: I. W. Churchill M.D. What is unique about this particular safe is the original card that was stored in a personalized leather ration folder was found within the safe, with Dr. Churchill's name imprinted onto it. This safe has been dated to around the 1900s.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Lincoln Highway Marker

These markers were installed by the Boy Scouts in honor of Abraham Lincoln, all in one day, Sept 1, 1928. The Lincoln Highway was America's first coast-to-coast highway. From a vision of Hoosier Carl G. Fisher, a founder of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, it was conceived in 1912 and mapped a year later. The transcontinental highway connected Times Square in New York City with the Pacific Ocean at San Francisco's Lincoln Park. It crossed the nation's midsection with 3,300 miles of interconnecting roadways, ranging from 18th Century turnpikes in the East to dirt roads in most of the rest of the country.

This is an old Lincoln Hwy Marker Sign. There is a copper finished plaque of Abraham Lincoln that states this highway is dedicated to him. This sign was marking the straight ahead arrow in the Lincoln Hwy. Originally was located in Missouri Valley, Iowa in Harrison County. Measures 84" Height, 9" x 9". Weights 300+ lbs.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Handel Reverse Painted Lamp

Here is a stunning Handel reverse painted Oriental Pheasant lamp shade. It is signed Handel 7021. Lamp is in mint condition. Fine example of this Handel bird and floral lamp. Diameter: 18"diameterand 23"height. The Handel book that I own describes this as : A Handel table lamp with a domical shade with reverse painted and enameled with Handel's famous "Birds of Paradise" scene in deep red background, the shade signed Handel 7021, bronze fitting also marked with "Handel Lamps Pat'd No. 970664". Reference on page 144 - 145 in the book Handel Lamps by DeFalco & Hibel (the last photograph is a photo of the lamp on page 144 showing an original advertisement in Scribners dated 1923.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Northwood Carnival Glass

Northwood Carnival Glass electric blue Good Luck bowl. This mint piece measures 9 inches across and has 8 ruffles. The back is Rayed. The base glass is a beautiful blue. This has beautiful color.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Master Salt with Clear Satin Glass Swan Insert

What a fantastic piece! This is a tall and impressive Master salt with the silver plated holder depicting a winged cherub or cupid on the top as if steering or reining the swan from his superior position. This art glass at the highest point measures 6 1/2" high and is approximately 7 1/4" x 3 1/2" wide. The base of the salt is 3 1/2" wide by 4 3/4". This is a beautiful and unique piece.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Beautiful Blue Slag Glass Panel Table Lamp

This is an all original blue and purple swirl slag glass table lamp. There are eight divided sections supported with metal brackets and notice that the shape of the shade extends the glass panels outward at more of a horizontal angle rather than the more traditional downward angle. This will allow for more of the direct light from the two bulbs to spread around your lamp's base. This lamp measures 23" high, and the shade diameter is 20". Please notice the stylish and heavy well built claw feet base on this lamp and the excellent patina on this piece as well. The lamp is all complete and in working condition. The finial does have one scrolling curl that has been nicked over the years. Again, this lamp has beautiful color in the slag glass panels and will light up any area where you are needing a classic looking antique lamp.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Acid Cut Art Glass - Legras

Legras and Cie was founded by French chemist Charles Legras. During his experiments, Charles also invented synthetic stones or crystals imitating the stones of the East as for color, for the density or composition. The crystallization was obtained by the chemical reaction of calcium fluoride and alumina in a pure glass furnace. Once the alumina crystals obtained, they are colored with chromium to become Ruby. It is possible to obtain other colors imitating the sapphire and emerald using soda or potash.
This cameo art glass decorated with outdoor scenes and florals was executed by acid cuttings through two to six layers of glass.